From a large white Great Pyrennes owned by Clyde Dunker, 12, of Kinderhook, Ill., to a little Yorkie owned by Emma Tate, dogs dominated the 2019 Hannibal Pet Show on July 3 in Central Park.
The F&M Bank personnel, sponsoring the Pet Show for the 47th year, were relieved that no rain fell until after all the prizes had been presented and the pets were on thir way home.
The Best Cat prize went to Shiloh Allen, whose black cat had no competition.
In the Most Unusual division, two silky chickens competed, along with a small salamander owned by Clancy Dunker.
Children were asking permission to pet Winter, a silky bottom chicken owned by Kailynn Hermann and Weston Donath.
The Most Unusual prize went to a hedgehog named Spike, owned by Cora Schuenke, 12, of Hannibal. She explained it has only three legs, because when it was born 10 months ago
its mother bit one leg and that leg fell off.
The Best Pet Trick winner was Cooper, a beagle mix owned by Brennen Underhill, 8, of Canton. It did tricks involving dog treats.
Aiden Donath and Payton Christner of Rensselaer brought Rocko, their mini Australian shepherd, wearing a patriotic cape. It won Best Dog.
Pets also were competing as Tom and Becky, and as Best Dressed.
The Best Dressed prize went to Hailyn Bainter, 9, for her dog, Jasper, dressed in a tux.
Eleana Bainter, 7, of Philadelphia, took home the prize for Best Tom for Sebastian, her 2-month-old pit bull mix.
The Best Becky prize was won by Kasey, Korby Asbury's golden doddle, in a long dress that complicated her attempting to climb the steps to meet the judges in the bandstand.
The Pet Show was co-hosted by Rajah Maples and Chad Douglas of KHQA-TV, who interviewed the pet owners and helped them show their pets to the judges.
The judges were Tom and Becky (Gage Bouyea and Alina Hays), Mayor James Hark and new City Manager Lisa Peck.
Hark and Peck both found it difficult to judge the show. Peck said, "It was hard to make decisions - they were all so cute. It was difficult to pick just one in each category."
Hark reported "the most challenging thing was the sincerity each kid had about their pet. To each, their pet is the best."
See photo gallery for more Pet Show pictures.